Glen Innes

Standing Stones, Tourism New South Wales

Population 5944

This beautiful town, set among rolling hills on the northern tablelands of New South Wales at an elevation of 1075 metres, is known for its fine parks, which are especially striking in autumn. It was the scene of many bushranging exploits in the 19th century, including some by the infamous Captain Thunderbolt. In the 1830s, two particularly hairy convict stockmen, Chandler and Duval, advised and guided settlers to new land where they settled stations. Because of Chandler and Duval, people came to know Glen Innes as the 'land of the beardies', a nickname that has stuck to this day.

Visitor Information

152 Church St, Glen Innes; (02) 6730 2400

Nearby national parks

  • Guy Fawkes River National Park

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  • Gibraltar Range National Park

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  • Cathedral Rock National Park

    Cathedral Rock National Park, in the New England Tablelands, is great bushwalking and rock-climbing territory, and offers peaceful camping...more

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In Town

Centennial Parklands The site of Celtic monument 'Australian Standing Stones', which was built with 38 giant granite monoliths in recognition of the contribution made in Australia by people of Celtic origin. A full explanation of the stones can be read at Crofters Cottage, which also sells Celtic food and gifts. St Martin's Lookout provides superb views. Meade St.

Land of the Beardies History House: folk museum in the town's first hospital building; it has a reconstructed slab hut, period room settings and pioneer relics; Cnr Ferguson St and West Ave; (02) 6732 1035.

Self-guided walks: past historic public buildings, especially on Grey St; brochure from visitor centre.


Gibraltar Range National Park and Washpool National Park These adjoining parks were World Heritage–listed in 1986 because of their ancient and isolated remnants of rainforest and their great variety of plant and animal species. Gibraltar Range is known for its scenic creeks and cascades and its unusual granite formations, The Needles and Anvil Rock. Gibraltar Range also contains over 100 km of excellent walking trails. 70 km NE. Washpool has the largest remaining stand of coachwood trees in the world and a unique array of eucalypt woods and rainforest. It has some of the least disturbed forest in NSW. 75 km NE.

Stonehenge: unusual balancing rock formations; 18 km S.

Emmaville: the Australian beginnings of St John Ambulance occurred here. Includes a mining museum; 39 km NW.

Deepwater: good fishing for trout, perch and cod with regular fishing safaris; bookings at visitor centre; 40 km N.

Mann River Nature Reserve: popular camping spot due to fantastic swimming holes; 40 km NW.

Torrington: gem fossicking, bushwalks and unusual rock formations; 66 km NW.

Convict-carved tunnel: road tunnel halfway between Glen Innes and Grafton; Old Grafton Rd; 72 km W.

Horse treks: accommodation at historic pubs; bookings at visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Copeton 75 km

Lake Copeton has an excellent catchment area, fed by the Gwydir River and runoff from the New England Tablelands. The lake is about 46 km west of Inverell on the Gwydir Highway. Its dam wall was constructed primarily to... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching - Port Macquarie to Lismore 54 km

There are a couple of top birdwatching spots in the New England area. One of the most spectacular is an all-weather bird hide among masses of waterbirds at Quipolly Dam, about 18 kilometres north-east of Quirindi. Mother... Find out more

Armidale Bicentennial Arboretum 86 km

Armidale Bicentennial Arboretum, a dozen blocks from the centre of town, has thousands of native plants, walking tracks, picnic shelters and aquatic gardens with a waterfall.... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

The Hereford Steakhouse

As the name of this award-winning establishment suggests, they serve a lot of meat here and it’s all excellent. This place knows how to cook a steak, and with an item on the menu called ‘The Challenge’... Find out more

Ramona’s Restaurant 

Ramonas is a popular restaurant featuring a fantastic variety of game dishes on its regional menu, including tender kangaroo fillets, New England grain-fed beef and organic free-range chicken. The meals are hearty, full... Find out more

Campsites around town

Mann River Nature Reserve camping area 36 km

A picturesque and grassy space by the Mann River, this camping area is a top spot to kick back and relax. There are beautiful views from 1015 m Tommys Rock Lookout (4WD access only), named after a well-known Aboriginal... Find out more

Ironbark camping area 37 km

A small natural clearing amid woodland beside Kings Plains Creek, the Ironbark camping area is about 800 m along the road from Kings Plains Creek camping area. It’s got vehicle-based camping (2WD in dry weather... Find out more

Kings Plains Creek camping area 38 km

A broad, sweeping grassed area ringed with ironbark woodlands, this camping area can be reached via Jindalee Rd from Kings Plains Rd west of Wellingrove. Turn west about 2.5 km from Jindalee. There’s a short walk... Find out more

Blatherarm Creek camping area 53 km

From Deepwater, north of Glen Innes on the New England Hwy, turn west onto the Stannum Rd and follow the signs to the conservation area. The campground is via Blatherarm Rd off Silent Grove Rd. It’s not far from... Find out more

Boundary Falls camping area 54 km

There are 15 sites at this picnic and camping area, reached via Washpool Trail off the Gwydir Hwy, 60 km east of Glenn Innes. The magnificent Boundary Falls are nearby, and a number of walking trails lead off from here.... Find out more

Pindari Dam camping area 61 km

Pindari Dam is 22 km east of Ashford on the Severn River, accessed via Pindari Dam Rd. The small camping area is perched just above the dam with lovely water views. It offers easy access to aquatic activities such as... Find out more

Bellbird camping area 63 km

Located on unsealed Coachwood Dr off the Gwydir Hwy, Bellbird has drinking water, toilets, picnic tables, wood BBQs and private camping areas cordoned off from one another by vegetation. Relax and have a cuppa while... Find out more

Coombadjha camping area 64 km

To get to this camping area, turn off the Gwydir Hwy onto unsealed Coachwood Dr and follow the road to the end. It’s a short walk from car to tent. There are toilets and picnic tables and water in the creek... Find out more

Mulligans camping area 65 km

Here you’ll find 6 large camping areas for big groups as well as a number of smaller sites. There are several walking tracks fanning out from here, including the 5 km return Dandahra Falls Walk, which passes... Find out more

Chaelundi camping area 68 km

The burbling Chaelundi Creek, next to this small campground, is home to the rare New England tree frog, and echidnas and glossy black cockatoos will also occasionally make an appearance. A short walk leads to Chaelundi... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Fossicker Caravan Park 1 km

Only 200 metres from the centre of town, this park is within easy walking distance of most town services. It is one of the best parks in Glen Innes. A minimum-length stay applies at Easter, long weekends and special... Find out more

Craigieburn Cottages 2 km

On the southern outskirts of town, this park is in a picturesque setting with green lawns, shady trees and enormous granite boulders.... Find out more

Glen Rest Tourist Park 4 km

Located 3.5 km south of Glen Innes, in a pleasant rural setting, this park is an ideal stopover for travellers passing through the region. Bookings are required during peak periods and festivals and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

Armidale Tourist Park 87 km

A lovely spot with shady trees and wide expanses of lawn, this park is only 3 km from the town centre. There are two kennel areas where guests can leave their dogs while enjoying the local attractions or catching up on... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Kings Plains Castle

Straight from a scene in the Scottish higlands, this romantic castle commands 2 hectares of landscaped grounds, including a riot of lavender, cascading roses, towering oaks and elms, and crabapple trees. The castle dates... Find out more

Tudor House Boutique B&B

Historic Tudor House is an iconic landmark and excellent boutique B&B that successfully blends the charm of the past with contemporary comforts. Four-and-a-half-star suites are offered, the best of which is the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Beardy Waters Woodland park area 5 km

6km E of Glen Innes (R) or 154km W of Grafton (L)

Well off the highway among the trees. 

Celtic Country South rest area 6 km

92km N of Armidale (R) or 7km S of Glen Innes (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway.

Beardy Waters rest area 9 km

10km N of Glen Innes (L) or 82km S of Tenterfield (R)

Among a few trees on the banks of Beardy Waters.

Swan Brook rest area 30 km

33km E of Inverell (R) or 34km W of Glen Innes (L)

Just off the highway on the east side of the bridge.

Boundary Falls camping area 54 km

T/O 60km E of Glen Innes (L) or 100km W of Grafton (R)

Secluded campground 2km (unsealed) north of the highway in the forest of Gibraltar Range National Park.

Runnymede rest area 57 km

4km E of Inverell (L) or 63km W of Glenn Innes (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Bellbird camping area 63 km

T/O 73km E of Glen Innes (L) or 87km W of Grafton (R)

Small campground 4km (unsealed) north of the highway in a secluded bush setting deep in the forest of Washpool National Park.

Mulligans Hut camping area 65 km

T/O 69km E of Glen Innes (R) or 91km W of Grafton (L)

Secluded campground in a natural bush setting 9km (unsealed) south of the highway in Gibraltar Range National Park.

Bluff Rock rest area 69 km

80km N of Glen Innes (R) or 12km S of Tenterfield (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Bells rest area 75 km

46km SE of Warialda (R) or 15km NW of Inverell (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Lollback rest area 81 km

115km E of Glen Innes (R) or 45km W of Grafton (L)

Just off the highway with good views over the Mann River.

Dumboy Creek rest area 92 km

25km SE of Warialda (R) or 36km NW of Inverell (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Market: Grey St; 2nd Sun each month.

Minerama Gem Festival: world-class gems on display and guided fossicking trips to unique locations; Mar.

Australian Celtic Festival: Apr/May.

Gourmet in the Glen: Oct.

Land of the Beardies Festival: Nov.

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